Windows Server 2012 Hits G.A. Milestone

Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012 on Tuesday during a launch event that showcased its latest server technology.

Report Offers Windows Server 2012 Licensing Tips

Directions on Microsoft has released a new report that offers licensing strategies for organizations, and IT professionals, that are considering upgrading to Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 technology.

VMware To Acquire Network Virtualization Pioneer

VMware Inc. has made no secret of its plan to extend its core server and storage virtualization to network resources. The company moved closer to that goal on Monday, announcing a $1.26 billion deal to acquire Nicira Inc.

What System Center Can Do for Developers

Microsoft System Center 2012 is out, and Microsoft .NET Framework developers everywhere are cheering.

Virtual Storage Improvements Expected in Windows 8 Beta

Microsoft expanded on its plans for virtualized storage in Windows 8, offering more details on the new Storage Spaces feature, currently available in the developer preview.

Microsoft: Tens of Thousands of Customers Use Windows Azure Cloud

Microsoft expects the future of its Windows Azure public cloud to be more in the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) realm, offering support for multiple programming platforms besides .NET.

Citrix Unleashes Product Blitz at Synergy Partner Conference

Citrix Systems unleashed a torrent of desktop virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) announcements at its Synergy event in Barcelona on Wednesday. The announcements largely centered on the company's Desktop Transformation Model, which rolled out earlier this month.

Windows Server 8 Optimized for Cloud

Windows Server 8 is designed to support the transition from client/server applications to continuous services running in the cloud, according to Microsoft.

It's Official: Windows 8 To Offer Hyper-V Machine Virtualization

Microsoft has officially announced plans to support its Hyper-V virtualization technology in Windows 8, confirming earlier reports. Hyper-V currently runs on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft Forms Cloud Partnership with Chinese Linux Vendor

Microsoft formalized its alliance with Linux server provider China Standard Software Co. Ltd. (CS2C) this week, with an interoperability and legal agreement designed to promote cloud computing in mixed environments.

Development Team Structure Sheds Light on Windows 8 Features

The structure of the development teams working to build Microsoft Windows 8 could offer clues about what's coming in the next operating system.

Microsoft Releases Avatar Kinect

Gamers interacting in chatrooms via live avatars could be the start of a larger trend. The Kinect sensor may one day be miniaturized for laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices, according to Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer.

Microsoft's Nadella Talks about Azure, Office 365

The new head of the Microsoft Server and Tools Business, Satya Nadella, took the stage on Wednesday at the GigaOM Structure event to talk about Windows Azure and cloud computing adoption. Nadella spoke publicly about the company's strategy for the first time since replacing longtime Microsoft executive Bob Muglia in February.

Windows Thin PC Released to Manufacturers

Microsoft released Windows Thin PC to hardware manufacturers on Tuesday. Windows Thin PC is virtual desktop infrastructure technology, based on the Window Embedded Standard 7 codebase, that can run on any PC that is capable of running Windows 7.

Amazon Resolves Majority of Cloud Service Issues, Questions Remain

Amazon Web Services attributed the outages to latency and connectivity issues affecting its Elastic Compute Cloud and Relational Database Service, but questions remain about what caused the failure.

Dell To Invest in Cloud and PaaS

As part of its $1 billion investment in cloud computing, Dell will offer Platform as a Service for app development and testing, the company announced today.

Amazon Dedicates EC2 Private Clouds

EC2 "classic" tenancy is set up by default to allow compute instances from multiple AWS customers to run on the same physical host. The dedicated service guarantees single-tenant hardware, which may help some companies meet regulatory requirements.

Microsoft Updates App Virtualization Technology

Microsoft is introducing package accelerators in App-V 4.6 SP1, which should make packaging virtual apps easier and save time.

Microsoft Unveils Upcoming Windows 7 VDI and Security Options

A Microsoft official briefly noted on Thursday that Microsoft is planning two new options for IT organizations using Windows 7 -- but the catch is that Software Assurance (SA) licensing needs to be in place.

SP1 Hits RTM Status for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Wednesday released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to its equipment manufacturing partners.